October 16th, 2013

Robin Hammond Wins $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant

A mentally disabled man in Kenya, living in a locked tin shack. ©Robin Hammond

A mentally disabled man in Kenya, living in a locked tin shack. ©Robin Hammond

Photographer Robin Hammond has been awarded the 2013 W. Eugene Smith Grant, a $30,000 prize, to help complete his ongoing project called “Condemned–Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis.” Hammond has spent two years working on the project, which documents the mental health crisis across Africa, and the abuse and neglect of victims of mental illness.

The $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship was awarded to Javier Arcenillas for his project, “Red Note,” an examination of violence in Latin America from the perspectives of criminals, victims, and their families.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund awards its annual grant and fellowship to photographers who are pursuing long-term documentary projects in humanistic photography in the tradition of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith.

The awards were presented at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York this evening. Scott Anderson, who has covered conflicts for The New York Times, Outside and Esquire and and is the author of Lawrence in Arabia, gave the keynote presentation.

The Smith grant and fellowship recipients were selected by a jury, including Sarah Leen, Senior Editor, Photo Story Development at National Geographic; Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery in Ottawa, Canada; and Rich Clarkson, head of Rich Clarkson and Associates, and a longtime Smith Board member.

The winners were selected from 184 entries from 42 countries.

“Robin Hammond’s Condemned is a powerful look at people balanced on the edge of life who are generally neglected, forgotten and often abused,” said juror Sarah Leen in a prepared statement. “His images, often shocking but always tender, highlight this tragedy and search for moments of hope. His work stood out among many worthy candidates.”

Finalists for this year’s grant included photographers Bharat Choudhary, Edmond Clark, Maxim Dondyuk, Sebastian Liste, Benjamin Lowy, Pierpaolo Mittica, Ebrahim Noroozi, Sim Chi Yin, and Christian Warner.

This year’s winner of The Howard Chapnick Grant, which supports photographic leadership and education, was FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization that provides photography workshops to Haitian youth and adults.  FotoKonbit will use the $5,000 grant to produce a ten-day workshop for a group of Haitian students in the fishing village of Labadie.

This year, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund was sponsored by American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, The Harbers Family Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. Additional support was provided by International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, NYC FOTOWORKS, Photo District News, School of Visual Arts, and Synergy Communications.

The Howard Chapnick Grant was co-sponsored by by Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC, NYC FOTOWORKS, and The Harbers Family Foundation.

Photographers interested in applying for the 2014 grant and fellowship can find more information on the Web site of the W. Eugene Smith Foundation here:  www.smithfund.org/apply/smith

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May 15th, 2013

Awards, Book Fairs, Exhibitions and Other Photo Happenings

Exhibitions and Other Happenings:

TOMORROW! Columbia College Chicago is hosting an informal portfolio review for their graduating photography students from 5-8pm tomorrow, May 16. Creative professionals are invited to go check out the work of this group of young photographers. There will be food and drink and conversations about photography. http://www.colum.edu/industryevents/events/photography-review.php

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is holding their fourth annual Book Fair. Participants include MACK Books, Printed Matter, Vox Populi, Light Work and Houseboat Press, among many others. It’s a fair of photo books. Nuff said.
http://www.philaphotoarts.org/events/annual-book-fair/

An exhibition of the work of 50 photographers selected as finalists in the 2013 Critical Mass competition opens this Friday at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta. The exhibition is curated by W.M. Hunt. http://www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com/critical-mass-top-50-exhibition/

This is very cool: United Photo Industries and New York Waterway’s East River Ferry people are partnering to exhibit photographs on weekday ferries throughout the summer. The project kicked off this week, and it will include water-related photography by Joni Sternbach, Stephen Mallon, David Doubilet, Andreas Franke, Corey Arnold and Eric Prinvault. http://unitedphotoindustries.com/special-projects/drawn-to-water/ (more…)

February 27th, 2013

Tips for Applying for Fellowships and Competitions: Free Seminar

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Aperture Foundation are sponsoring a panel discussion called, “Strategies for Photographers: Thoughts On How To Apply For Fellowships and Other Competitions,” to be held Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aperture Foundation in New York City. The event will be free and open to the public.

The panelists, all former head jurors for the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography, will share their experiences judging grants and competitions, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, World Press Photo, the Getty Images grants, PDN contests and others. The participants are David Friend of Vanity Fair, collector W.M. Hunt, Marcel Saba of Redux Pictures and Lauren Wendle of Photo District News.

The panel will follow the press conference announcing the call for entries to the 2013 W. Eugene Smith Grant. Entries for the competition are due by end of May.

For more information on the panel, or the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant, visit the W. Eugene Smith Fund website.

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June 4th, 2012

W. Eugene Smith Grant Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography has been extended from May 31 to June 8. The grant supports a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a three-person jury, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion. In addition to the grant of $30,000, an additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be given to one or more finalists at the discretion of the jury.

Past recipients of the Smith grant include Krisanne Johnson, Darcy Padilla, Paolo Pellegrin, Lu Guang and Stanley Greene.

Instructions for applying can be found on the web site of the Smith fund.

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June 1st, 2011

W. Eugene Smith Grant: Deadline June 3

The deadline for applications for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is Friday, June 3. The $30,000 grant is given annually to recognize and support a photographer pursuing a humanistic photography project in the tradition of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith.  An additional $5,000 in fellowship money is dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition.

The W. Eugene Smith Fund chooses a three-member jury to evaluate the written proposals for the grant and submitted images.  Past recipients have included Darcy Padilla, Paolo Pellegrin, Ernesto Bazan, Lu Guang, Stanley Greene, Chien-Chi Chang, Graciela Iturbide, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and James Nachtwey.

Applications, rules and instructions can be found on the Smith Fund web site.

The Smith Fund Web site has just been redesigned by MediaStorm (one of the grant sponsors) and incorporates the MediaStorm Player.  Expanded slide shows by past grant recipients back to 1980 can now be viewed on the site. You can also donate to the fund through the site, to continue its support of photojournalism.

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